Edinburgh Festival Photographer Competition Launched

Submitted by edg on Fri, 7 Feb '14 9.41am

The Edinburgh International Festival is looking for a new official Festival Photographer for 2014.

The opportunity for an emerging photographer, based or studying in Scotland, allows backstage access across the Festival to artists, staff, technical set up, rehearsals and events for the Festival archive and publicity materials.

The position, which comes with a £3,500 award, allows the photographer to develop contacts with a range of media outlets, artists, venues and agencies through the Festival period, providing a strong launch pad for their future career in the profession.

Jonathan Mills, Festival Director, explains, "The creation of this opportunity for an emerging photographer, established through the support of The Morton Charitable Trust, is building a wonderful archive of images of the Festival which capture its effect far beyond the performances."

Stuart Armitt, Festival Photographer in 2013, said the opportunity "could not have come at a greater time in the development of my career."

Armitt’s exhibition of work from Festival 2013 is currently running at The Hub.

He adds: "To say that I have grown in confidence as a photographer is an understatement. Creatively and technically my work has vastly improved; however it is in my professional development that this role really comes into its own. This opportunity has focused my mind on my future development and who I want to be as a photographer. To be offered the opportunity to be part of this festival in the most creative of ways was a privilege. You are allowed access to nearly every part of how a festival on this scale is put together and the people that make it happen. These people made this experience truly unforgettable."

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 17 February.